When you think of Miami music, you think Luke, booty music, Trick Daddy, Trina and now there’s Rick Ross, Plies, Pitbull, etc… Well, Slip N Slide Records is respoonsible for so much of that hip hop music and they’re celebrating 15th years in the biz! The rooftop party at Hotel Victor in South Beach had a big turnout, and I had a great time…worked a little, then had to help ’em celebrate! BTW…Keith Sweat performed and it took me way back…think San Jose, Hot 97.7 in the late 80’s…lol I was just a youngin back then! *sigh*
Doubt is a new movie based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play Doubt: A Parable, both directed by John Patrick Shanley. It’s a very intense drama that explores the subject of abuse in the Catholic Church. When I went to the screening, it was almost like sitting through mass! I really enjoyed it. The film had my full attention and just when you think you have it figured out, a little doubt might creep in on ya! After I left, it took a minute for me to snap out of it… The acting was great, and the film’s been nominated for 5 Golden Globe Awards! I was a bit apprehensive about interviewing Meryl Streep, but she’s a seasoned pro and very sweet! I couldn’t help but to reminisce about my school days at St. Patrick’s in San Jose, and yes Mom, I was listening when you told me stories about the nuns ripping your skirt hem when it was too short…I even told Meryl!
Lil Wayne’s “I Am Music” world tour kicked off at Miami’s American Airlines Arena last night. My NY fam came into town, but (big bro) Tone said, “No paparazzi” and wouldn’t let me take his picture, but it’s all good, since the effort was for the homie Jae Millz (who gladly posed with me for a blog picture). He’s on tour with Young Money and is featured on the “Dedication 3” mixtape…go out and get it!
The show was nice. Millz did his thing and was looking good! He introduced me to some of the other Young Money artists, like Mack Maine, who might just be the next big thing! T-Pain and his THR33 Rings performed before Wayne and Young Money…it was definitely circus-like, the crowd loved that he closed his set with “I’m So Hood,” by bringing out local favs – DJ Khaled, Trick Daddy and Ace Hood. I missed Keyshia Cole and Gym Class Heroes, but I’m sure they put on a good show too! Also spy-ed in the crowd (from my ‘VIP’) backstage vantage point…Birdman, actress Lauren London, Super Producer Timbaland, Miami HEAT Rookie Forward Michael Beasley and Floyd Mayweather. Here are more of the pix I took during the show…
Here’s more of my interview with Hugh Jackman…People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive!” Notice how he says MY NAME in one of his responses! So here’s a behind the scenes story. I interviewed him at maybe 10am, each reporter gets about 5 minutes to do the interview and then another comes in, so it’s a big round robin of people… Anyway, later in the day, I’d say about 3pm, he gets onto the elevator with me (as I was headed down to the lobby), and he’s like, “Aubrey, right?” I was so impressed he remembered my name!